Multiple Road Closures for Greensboro Marathon, October 18

by Britt Chester

The Greensboro Marathon taking place October 18 will require parts of downtown Greensboro and roads in the Lake Brandt area to temporarily close down for the race. The starting line for the marathon, the half-marathon and the 5k race is located on Elm Street next to Center City park. In its second year, the Marathon loop will provide a scenic tour through parts of Greensboro, passing through the UNCG campus, the downtown district, and will also wind its way through parts of the countryside.

The race, which is open to anyone who registers and offers a wide array of age groups to compete in, does have a 15-minute per mile pace, meaning that you must run the race in under 6.5 hours. You will not be disqualified if you fall behind the pace, but police officers who will be monitoring traffic at checkpoints will be pulled after the scheduled time. Race officials ask that if you choose to continue running the race to move to sidewalks and safe areas along the course.

If you would like to receive your race packet prior to race day, there will be a Race Expo/Packet pick-up on October 17 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Only the top three finishers will be awarded prizes, as well as a bouquet of flowers from Garner’s Florist. There will also be a bag check

The road closures, either permanent for the day or intermittent to allow the flow of traffic, are listed below.

“¢ Elm Street between Friendly Avenue and Bellemeade Street (5:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

“¢ Elm Street between Bellemeade Street and Cornwallis Road (7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

“¢ One northbound lane of Lawndale Drive between New Garden Road and Lake Brandt Road (7:00 a.m. – 2:00p.m.)

“¢ One northbound lane of Lawndale Drive between Liberty Drive and Dellwood Drive one lane (7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

“¢ One westbound lane of Pisgah Church Road between Willoughby Blvd and Normandy Road (7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

“¢ The northbound lane of Lake Brandt Road between Air Harbor Road and Plainfield Road (8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

“¢ The southbound lane of Church Street between Archergate Road and Air Harbor Road (8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Other streets along the route will experience intermittent closures as the race progresses to provide a safe route for participants.

Motorists are reminded that pedestrians have the right of way, and are asked to use caution where participants are present.

For more information, go to the Greensboro Marathon website. Online registration closes October 14.